A History of the Churches in Australasia (Oxford History of by Ian Breward

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Her letters back to Scotland not only tell vividly of her struggles in Western Australia, but also of her keen interest in affairs back in Britain. She kept a strong tradition of family worship and Sabbath-keeping, founding and leading a small church, as well as having a deep interest in botany, which made her one of the most important early naturalists in Western Australia. One of her daughters, Sabina, was to marry Matthew Hale, the first Anglican Bishop of Perth, continuing the tradition of a cultivated and humane family life.

Tahitian and Cook Island language and culture were very similar to one another. In a little over a year, the old religion's symbols on Aitutaki had gone, of the mission and the recent history of the Conference of the United Church of Christ. Garrett, To Live Among the Stars, 32—59, gives a fine overview. He discusses the work of Hawaiian missionaries, 139—55. 30 A History of the Churches in Australasia Aitutaki (1943). , London, 1939—45, vol. 2, p. 550. © British Crown Copyright/MOD. ) thanks to the young Tahitians who had responded to Williams's leadership.

They had little to trade, and thus were precluded from buying muskets, in contrast with the Maori. Aborigines were also not easily gathered into coalitions to resist invaders. Nor did they have the skills like the Maori to build forts able to withstand not only muskets but also cannon. Their patterns of leadership were local and familial, and not easily developed into the kind of generalship and diplomacy practised by the greatest Maori rangatira. Many settlers looked forward to their dying out as soon as possible, and sought to assist this by organizing hunting parties.

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